A Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli, or “it’s good to be the Pope’s grandson!”

Less than one hour from Rome city center, over the beautiful colli laziali, Tivoli is the perfect destination for a day trip from Rome: a trip that will bring you to a favourite spot for the Imperial and Papal Rome jet – set.

A Day Trip from Rome to Tivoli: an Emperor’s Villa, a Pope’s Villa as well…Far from the madding crowd: Hadrian’s Villa

Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus (76 – 138, Emperor between 117 and 138) wanted a retreat from the overcrowded Rome. The imperial Rome was the biggest metropolis of the known world: now, can you imagine up to 1.7 million of people (not to mention the animals!) without running water facilities and sewerage for the great majority of them?

Of course if you are the Emperor it is quite easy to find a solution: let your slaves build a new Villa for you, over the gentle slopes of Colli Laziali, the hills of Rome’s countryside.

In 128 the Villa became the Emperor’s official residence until his death. Hadrian’s successors used the Villa only sporadically, and it was repeatedly looted along the decline of the Roman Empire.

Between the looters not only the usual “barbarians”: in XVI Century the Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, the grandson of Pope Alexander VI – the most controversial Pope in the history (usually you are not supposed to have grandsons if you are a Pope…) – commissioned Villa D’Este. In Tivoli, again.

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Naples top attractions: the Catacombe di San Gennaro

Naples underground hides fifteen centuries of archaeological and religious heritage: “a hundred steps will let live a time travel” – an experience even more beautiful and accessible after a recent huge makeover.

Catacombe di San Gennaro: seventeen centuries, layer after layer

The San Gennaro Catacombs are an underground tombs complex the history of which spans from the II Century A.D..

The core of the catacombs was probably the shrine of a Roman patrician family, possibly converted to Christianity: the space was then donated to the Christian community.

Gennaro is a Saint and a martyr: he was beheaded in 305 A.D., during the Roman persecutions against Christians. The Catacombs hosted Gennaro’s grave from the V Century.

You are probably aware that Rome has many catacombs, but there is something unique about Naples’ catacombs that let them have a much longer history and some breathtaking, magic underground landscapes. The reason? A geological one.

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Sea and lava: Sicily’s volcanoes

Sicily has the largest concentration of active volcanoes of Europe after Iceland. In a definitely warmer environment and with better food…

Sicily’s volcanoes: the “hottest” tour of Sicily!

A lunar landscape, black sand beaches, but also magma steaming in the snow and terroirs that, because of the natural fertilizing properties of the volcanic soil, offer great wine, fruit, vegetables. A reason more to come and visit Sicily!

Sicily’s volcanoes: Mount Etna, or of fire and ice

The biggest Sicily’s volcano is on the mainland. Mount Etna – simply “l’Etna” in Italian, “Mongibeddu” in Sicilian – is in the Province of Catania, north – east Sicily.

Etna is the tallest volcano in Europe: around 3300mt / 10000 ft. Being an active volcano its height can vary: it can become higher because of the magma solidification on the top, or lower when explosions reshape the top of the mountain.

Etna is high enough to have snow during the winter, so you have the chance to experience something quite unique: skiing, or just enjoying the snowy landscape, with the smoke, or even a stream of lava, in the background.

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Palermo: between Vikings and Saracens

You definitely don’t associate Palermo with cold, ice and snow, but the medieval history of Sicily is as stormy as a Game of Thrones series book!

Sicily has always been, due to its geographical position, the Mediterranean Sea crossroads.

Its strategic importance is the reason of almost three thousand years of history with fights and clashes.

In the Middle Ages years and years of war brought betrayal, death and destruction, but also the seeds of a cultural melting pot which is one of the most fascinating aspects of the cultural heritage of Sicily: you can’t find somewhere else in the world a place in which you can just walk between a “viking” palace and an Arabian nights – style one!

Vikings VS Saracens in Palermo

In 831 AD Palermo became the capital of the Emirate of Sicily. It’s only in 1061 that the Normans starts their “invasion” of Sicily.

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Turin top attractions: the Royal Palace

A royal city needs a royal palace: and the Royal Palace is a must see within the Turin top attractions.

Turin top attractions: Palazzo Reale, a Royal Palace for two kingdoms

The Royal Palace started his “career” as a bishopric in the XVI Century, then the Savoy family took possession of it.

The palace became the seat of the duchy of Savoy with Emmanuel Philibert, but it was upgraded and enlarged when Emmanuel Philibert’s grandson married in 1619 in Paris the French Princess Christine Marie of France.

The sister of Louis XIII came to live in Turin and she definitely gave to the Palazzo Reale a boost of French grandeur…

The enlargement of the building continued with Christine Marie’s sons and grandson: the Daniel Gallery was created (the name is after Daniel Setier, the Baroque Wien – born painter, the author of the frescoes of the gallery) and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud.

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Funny Fat Animals Video Compilation

Funny Fat Animals Video Compilation
I have a particular love of fat animal videos - I should say they are CG films. The reason I put this compilation together is because I struggled to find the videos that I wanted to see again as I couldn't stop watching them ! Rollin Safari Compilation My personal favourite is the cheetah in the tree. These guys inspired this post. I don't find rea...
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Shutter Priority - Learn about Shutter Speeds and Effects

Shutter Priority - Learn about Shutter Speeds and Effects
Shutter speed is the length of time that the light is allowed to enter into the camera through the hole and it has a longer time therefore on the sensor. Handily this has not changed since we used film as the sensitive film 'paper' got more exposure due to length of time it was allowed exposed to the light. It is measured in fractions of a second a...
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How to learn to run

How to learn to run
How does one start to learn to run as exercise if you have never done so before ? Just start running is one answer but you may find yourself hating it pretty quickly. So how can we learn to run so that we get fitter, faster and don't wreck our joints in the process. I have seen some people that are wrecking their bodies for sure. It may not be fun ...
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Gente De Zona - La Gozadera featuring Marc Anthony

I'm never going to get my travel review for Puerto Rico written up at this rate you see England is just a busy place and not at all like this....
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Puerto Rico Music influencing a global market

​Puerto Rico has had its fair share of musical stars you probably don't know them but you probably have heard of reggaton. Failing that then Salsa and Merengue are what you might hear in La Placita when enjoying some of the best latin spirit in the world. Make no mistake Puerto Rico is in touch with its music. It's neighbour has done well...
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Tommy John Summer Fall New Collection

It is great to be a man in an era where I have more options when it comes to finding great, well-designed underwear. Men no longer have to pick between comfort and style, we can have the best of both now. The Tommy John brand is notable for the consistent comfort; no stretching or sagging, even after repeated wearing and washing. They've just released their fall colors for their men's underwear collection, check out some of favorites below.

Tommy John have launched a new collection of mens underwear that you can see some of the range here.

These shorter stye and tight fit are what I would choose alongside the yellows below.

The looser fitting style of short is a prefference for many men.

Grey is a popular underwear colour.

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10% promotion on womens evening dresses - head over to curvissa

There are some great dresses currently awaiting your gaze over at curvissa. And as an added incentive they are offering a 10% discount on some.

Curvissa Chiffon Layer Evening Dress

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Repair Macbook Air Power Cable

Repair Macbook Air Power Cable

This week end I repaired my own macbook air power cable ! I ordered just the broken lead from an ebay seller and it arrived just fine in a jiffy pack able to go through the letterbox so was awaiting my arrival. The most tricky thing was getting the white power pack open and using pliers in the unnatural way (outside edge of the square tips start closed then open to force apart the case) to open the thing . Noticing that there is little room in there once open I decided like you should to splice the new power cable to the old wires instead of trying to get to the PCB Printed circuit board instead.

Why do this ?

Well a new power pack is 69 pounds and this is throwing away a perfectly working pack it’s the wire that is at fault. The cable was 6 pounds and fitted perfectly both ends ie in my macbook air and the power pack. I was going to epoxy the power pack back together but decided that black electricians tape was a better option at least initially. Warning : Don’t use normal non electrical tape as power packs get warm and only electrical tape is valid. Tips:

Try to use a correctly cut piece of heat shrink tube to neaten the soldering joint. Use flux to get a better soldering joint. Most solders come with flux or buy separate it make sure the imputiues don’t cause a bad joint. Test the joint using your needle nose pliers. I also used pike disgorger that is a great tool as you can grip and fix the nose on the subject very handy in holding these wires.

Should you do this ?

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Mark Warner's Corsica Family Holiday Review

Mark Warner's Corsica Family Holiday Review

This will have been my 4th Mark Warner holiday split evenly between winter resorts and summer resorts. I reviewed the Levante Resort in Rhodes back here.I did no research on this holiday however I knew that I wanted to go to corsica one day ok it's a resort but you still get somewhat an experience of a country/island.Corsica sits above Sardinia and below the south of france so you are normally guaranteed good weather for part of or all of your summer holiday.Here is the link to go direct to the Corsica Resort on the Mark Warner WebsiteThe resort is located just south of Santa Lucia Di Moriani you will find a good sized casino supermarket here otherwise not much of interest but you can buy some beach things around the town. It doesn't for example have restaurants at least not obviously. opposite the resort check out what looks like a basic veg shop its 

 

The Good Points

The staff. Always smiling and friendly and helpful to the extreme. Mark Warner knows the importance of this especially when you are trusting the staff with your most precious little ones.The activities and plan for your week.The resort size is ideal - your not too far from anything.

A 30 minute transfer is not too far and helps to reduce time to resort and the start of your holiday.It was supposed to be the cheaper room but the views of the mountain were lovely and I think its quieter than the ocean facing rooms where you also have the restaurant underneath and the pool.

The mostly all included watersports which is windsurfing, small sailing boats like picos amd lasers and hobby cats, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboarding, no jetski or waterski and dissapointingly no kitesurfing.The menu and food was very good though we didnt take the lunch option see the beach bar limits on snacks.The sunloungers were of good quality and modern - shame that no matching tables where you could put your drinks.

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Elora Hardy - An amazing father too making things from bamboo

Elora Hardy - An amazing father too making things from bamboo

'We ask the Bamboo what it's good at and what it says is.." Elora HardyI had no idea as to the strength of Bamboo - you can hold 4 tonnes on its end, and its lightweight. It's the creativity of the Balinese groups structures that impress and its ecological too.They have a slat treatment that preserves the stuff for a lifetime so for certain climates these structures are simply useful, longful and beautiful. In the colder climes like the UK perhaps it is a material that can be transported and used in conjunction with others to provide more insulation both noise and heat and reduce the need for more environmentally costly materials.I think you will also be amazed with this TED video. This is why I have chosen to blog it.

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Aerial filming of everyday operations at Mexico International Airport by Drone

Aerial filming of everyday operations at Mexico International Airport by Drone

This video was made under full supervision and at all times the drone pilot was in communication with the tower and each aeroplane. There are currently no laws on drone filming in Mexico and many other countries. This will lead to some amazing footage like seen in this video.

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Personalisation of Gifts T Shirts Phone cases etc...

Personalisation of Gifts T Shirts Phone cases etc...

Technology today allows us to create some great products for gifts or just buying for ourselves. I am looking today at one such website tostadora !It looks at first glance like they mostly do T Shirts and the T Shirt is the obvious product that you can get your own design printed on but these guys take it a bit further. I Phone Case in point - pun intended, yes you can make a drawing and get it printed on a case. I think it's a great mothers day gift being of the moment.

So I might just add a few of my favourite designs that you can buy anyway as you may feel that you dont have a design to upload anyway or prefer to have something worked on by a pro designer.

SO lets look at some of my favourite T Shirts

Minions vs Iron man - see how you can add your text and in a choice of fonts here we made our own iron man vs minion vs style review !

Iron Minion

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CRUISE your way to Spring with Floral designer wear

CRUISE your way to Spring with Floral designer wear

With Spring just around the corner, CRUISE have got a stunning selection of vivid and arresting floral designs that will help wash away your wardrobe's winter blues.

Explore collections from Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Ted Baker and Givenchy for the inspiration you've been looking for...

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Cruise Spring Summer Promo Code Sports Luxe

 

Some great ideas from CRUISE to get into shape for the summer it starts around now ! There is nothing like looking good to make you feel like getting that run started.

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Beds I wish were available to buy on the highstreet

I know the bed I want but never see the kind of bed for sale on the high street. I like futons but I might prefer some modern take on the low bed. I have headroom but like sleeping close to the floor. I want a contemporary bed design. Plenty to be found online so I will be sharing them here to give you the idea.

Thanks to naturalbedcompany.co.uk - for the next low style japanese style bed. For the above beds - sorry there was no copyright available please contact us to amend this correctly with proof of rights.

 

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